The Australian Government is supporting community and household action on climate change. Local councils, community organisations and low income households are being supported through the following funding streams:
- The $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program supports energy efficiency upgrades to council and community-use buildings, facilities and lighting.
- The $100 million Low Income Energy Efficiency Program supports consortia of community organisations, local councils and energy service companies to trial energy efficiency approaches in low income households.
- The $30 million Home Energy Saver Scheme assists low income households find more sustainable ways to manage their energy consumption.
- The Charities Maritime and Aviation Support Program offers a rebate for the carbon price impact on essential maritime and aviation fuels used by organisations such as air and sea rescue services.
- The $24 million Local Government Energy Efficiency Program supports local governing authorities install solar or heat pump hot water systems in local community facilities to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
The Community Energy Efficiency Program, the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program, the Charities Maritime and Aviation Support Program and the Local Goverment Energy Efficiency Program are administered by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
The Home Energy Saver Scheme is administered by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). More information about the program can be found at FaHCSIA.